Jose Mourinho has sent Manchester United fans into a frenzy, after reports emerged that the Portuguese was at the Republic of Ireland’s 1-0 win against Georgia to personally scout full-back Seamus Coleman.
Coleman, who scored the winner in Dublin, has been drawing interest from United yet again – just 3 years on from the club’s failed attempts at luring him away from Goodison Park.
Mourinho is said to have been disappointed by United’s shoddy start to the season, and is eager to make his side more solid as a unit.
Coleman would offer the perfect solution to United’s worries at right-back. Antonio Valencia has been the Red Devils’ first-choice right-sided full back since the appointment of Mourinho, but it is understood that the Portuguese is eager to bring in another right-back with more experience.
Coleman has been at Everton for seven years, and while he turns 28 on Tuesday, would offer the perfect blend of experience and solidity that Mourinho has been looking out for.
Mourinho has not been impressed by Matteo Darmian, who has made only one appearance this season, and looks set to join Inter Milan in the summer.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah, who Jose prefers after Valencia, is rumoured to have agreed terms over a new contract with United that will keep him at Old Trafford till 2020 after impressing Mourinho.
Coleman is not the only Everton player who is subject to intense speculation by the media regarding a move to Old Trafford at the moment.
According to The Sun, United sent scouts to keep an eye on Coleman and his Everton teammate Romelu Lukaku during the club’s 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace. The Belgian started the season slowly, but gradually picked up his form.
Lukaku was cast out by Mourinho while the pair were at Chelsea, but the striker has matured over the last year or so into one of the Premier League’s best forwards. He also shares the same agent – Mino Raiola – with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, which could be seen as another form of encouragement regarding a potential deal for him.